Women’s Soccer Beat Writer
Thursday’s matchup between the #8 Maryland Terrapins and the #2 Boston College Eagles lived up to the hype and then some. The Terps pulled off a thrilling upset in Newton, Ma. by the score of 2-1 that came down to the wire.
The Eagles came out determined to forget their first loss of the season and put the pressure on the visiting Terrapins. BC took five shots within the first six minutes and worked Maryland goalie Yewande Balogun. She finished with five saves in the first half and seven for the game.
After the initial onslaught from the Eagles, Maryland settled down and limited their opponent’s opportunities. The Lady Terps, reeling from their own first loss, struck back with six shots of their own in the first half. The game was a scoreless tie at halftime.
Once the second half started the intensity started to pick up. The Terps’ defense cracked when they had to face three straight corners and the third was the charm for the Eagles. In the 60th minute, a Hannah Cerrone sent a corner resulting in a header shot by Chelsea Regan. Balogun wasn’t able to corral the save and settled for a block. The ball stayed alive, resulting in a Kristie Mewis goal from eight yards out. Patrice Vettori recorded the assist.
Down a goal, on the road, to the #2 team in the nation, the situation might have severely crushed some teams. But the Maryland Terrapins were determined to fight their way to a victory.
Sixteen agonizing minutes ensued for Maryland fans as near goals almost put them down 2-0. The agony was instantly replaced with elation in the 76th minute when junior midfielder Amy O’Sullivan sent a shot off a rebound from three yards out past BC goalie Jillian Mastroianni.
With the momentum now on their side, the Terps’ defense shut down the BC attack and allowed only one shot in the last 15 minutes. The Maryland attack, revitalized by O’Sullivan’s equalizer, stepped up their aggressiveness.
Boston College was handed their first loss of the season with a 96th minute goal from the Virginia Cavaliers; their second loss of the season would be just as painful.
Senior defender Colleen Deegan broke free as a hurried Ashley Grove corner was sent. The Centreville, Va. native sent a beautiful header from five yards out into the back of the net for the game winner in the 89th minute. Eight seconds were left in the game as the comeback was complete.
The Terps travel to N.C State for a Sunday ACC matchup.
Player of the Game: Balogun comes in second for the award with her seven saves but the senior Colleen Deegan ran away with it. The game winner with eight seconds of regulation left? Enough said.